Bound in quarter green cloth, gilt over cream patterned boards with oval FK monogram on front boards, in brown slipcase with gilt titles. Top edges green. Small stains on spine and lower edge of Vol. One, but otherwise a fine set.



Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford square.,






Selections from the diary of the rev. francis kilvert. chosen, edited and introduced by william plomer. volumes one to three.
volume one 1 january 1870 - 19 august 1871.
volume two 23 august 1871 - 13 may 1874.
volume three 14 may 1874 - 13 march 1879.

Item Description

THREE VOLUMES. 8vo. 6 x 8.75 inches. Volume One, 396 pp.; Volume Two, 448 pp.; Volume Three, 508 pp.


Illustrated by 16 pages of plates, including drawings and black and white photographs. Coloured map endpapers.


A reprint of the first illustrated edition of 1977. The Selections were first published by Cape, 1938-40 and corrected in 1960, with index added, 1961. The Rev. Robert Francis Kilvert (1840-79) was educated at Bath and Oxford and after ordination served as a rural curate in the Welsh Marches. He began his diary as incumbent of Clryo, Radnorshire but after he was refused permission to marry the woman he loved by her clerical father, he returned to his father's parish of Langley Burrell, Wilts. He later held the livings of St Harmon, Radnorshire and Bredwardine, Herefordshire. The majority of Kilvert's surviving diaries were destroyed by a family member and only three early 1870 volumes remained to be published later. The diaries were edited by William Plomer (1903-73), poet and novelist.

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